Next week is Catholic Schools Week!  This year's theme is Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.  

The benefits of a Catholic education are abundant. Our Catholic high school seniors graduate at a rate of more than 98 percent. Ninety-five percent of our Catholic high school graduates go on to college, earning hundreds of millions of dollars in college scholarships each year. Our students are committed to helping others through community service, a commitment that continues through adulthood. Catholic school graduates are civically engaged and can be found in leadership positions in business, government and non-profit organizations

We will be kicking off our Catholic Schools Week celebrations  THIS SUNDAY with an OPEN HOUSE from 

I encourage all of our parishioners and guests to take this opportunity to tour our school, meet our dedicated faculty and staff and see some projects our students have been working on in their classrooms.  Please also extend this invitation to any families you know who may still be looking for a school to enroll their children into for next year.

I hope you all know how proud I am to be a Pastor of a Catholic School.  I believe passing on our Christian faith to our children is one of the greatest responsibilities we have as disciples.  Mrs. Mullens and I, along with the entire faculty and staff, are deeply honored and humbled that you have entrusted your children to our care.  It is a privilege to assist you in forming your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews in the Catholic faith and in their overall educational formation and development.  

I you would like to know more about St. Josaphat School, 
God Bless,
Fr. Francis
Join Us Tonight!
Taizé Prayer TONIGHT!
Thursday, January 24th

This month we will have an opportunity to experience a popular form of meditative prayer known as Taizé. Join us for St. Josaphat's first Taizé Prayer Service in over 10 years. The service consists of reflective music and chants, readings, and time for silence and quiet prayer. The most important aspect is the silence. To just sit and be with God as we open our hearts to Him in prayer.

January Theme: Meditation
Prayer of the Week
Prayer after Communion

Grant, we pray, almighty God, that, receiving the grace by which you bring us to new life, we may always glory in your gift. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Idea: Say this prayer during your Communion Meditation today.

In Need Of...
Volunteer Greeters
Are you friendly? We need you to help as a Photography Greeter! It's easy! Just greet families before their photography session and help with paperwork provided by the photographers. Two hour shifts are available February 4-9. Your reward will be in heaven! Sign up HERE!
Note: Photography Greeters should not schedule their photography appointment during the time they are scheduled to volunteer.

Unity Gala Donations
Please consider donating sports or concert tickets, restaurant, salon or retail giftcards or bottles of wine valued over $20.  Donations can be brought to the rectory, info can be emailed to, or submitted online HERE.

Liturgical Ministers
Would you like to serve as an Usher or Lector?  It's easy, and we would love to have you! Please contact the parish office for details at

Helping Hands
Our Helping Hands outreach is requesting adult sized winter gloves and hats to help keep our community's visitors warm in these colder months.  Socks and men's white t-shirts are always appreciated!  You can drop off donations at the rectory any time.

Important Upcoming Dates!
January 24 - Taizé

January 24 - Men's Group Pool

January 26 - Women's Group Book Discussion

January 31 - Sip & Dine: Oyster Bah

February 2 - Men's Spirituality

February 4-9 - Parish Directory Photo Sessions

February 6 - Wine Tasting at Vin

February 23 - Unity Gala

Sip/Dine Around
Sip and Dine at
Oyster Bah
1962 N Halsted St.
Thursday, Jan 31st, 6-10pm
Reservations: or call 773-248-3000.
20% going back to SJS!

Wine Tasting event at 
Vin Chicago 
Wednesday, February 6th 
from 6:30-8:00pm. It's $10 per person and Vin will donate 10% of our sales back to us!
Men's Spirituality
The Men's Spirituality Group meets on the first and third Saturday of each month (October - May) at 6:30am in the Red Door Meeting Room of the Rectory.  Participants use a resource to guide their discussion and prayer. 
All men of the Parish and their friends are welcome. Our next meeting is :
Saturday, Feb 2nd
Men's Group
Please join other Josaphat guys on  Thursday Jan 24th  
at 7:30pm and take advantage of this perfect excuse to get out, enjoy your favorite cold beverage and shoot some pool. The gathering will be held in the pool room at 
Ed and Gene's Tavern 
2032 W. Armitage
The Men's club is open to all parishioners, SJS families, and their friends. 

There is no commitment to join. To get involved or to get more information, please contact Jeff O'Shaughnessy
or Tom Bransfield
Women's Group
All women are welcome (all generations, millennials, single, with parish school children or not) to join. Just come to events where you have time or interest. Our mission is to offer  social/fun/community building among parish women; service opportunities;
 spirituality/reflection; and  book club discussion opportunities. Our next meeting is:
Saturday, Jan 26th 9-11a
Book Discussion:
The Witch's Elm
Photo Directory
Have you reserved your photo session yet?  Slots are filling up!   Lifetouch (a Shutterfly company) will have photographers in the rectory Mon-Sat, Feb 4-9th.
Everyone who participates will receive a  FREE 8x10" photo and a copy of our parish photo directory.  
To schedule your photo session, Click HERE
Unity Gala
The Unity Gala is only 4 weeks away - we need your 
corporate sponsorship!  Fill out a donation form HERE and contact Jessica Grossnickle
with any questions.

Join us at 7pm on
Saturday, Feb 23rd
at Moonlight Studios for an evening of celebration at our annual parish fundraiser. This year's event will feature cocktails, appetizers, an exciting Live Auction, and dancing! 
Questions? email:
Shop and Support
Recycle your floral vases - bring them to Ashland Addison Florist Co. for a donation to St. Josaphat!

Shop and select St. Josaphat Parish as your charitable organization, and St. Josaphat gets  5% on eligible items!

Shop and 
SJS gets 13%!

Thank you for your support!